Ed Joyce © Getty Images (File Photo)
Ed Joyce © Getty Images (File Photo)

AB de Villiers stunned the cricketing fraternity yesterday by announcing his retirement from international cricket. Now Ireland opener Ed Joyce has followed suit. However, while de Villiers will continue to play domestic cricket, Joyce has announced retirement from all formats. Sharing the news, Joyce stated that playing in Ireland’s inaugural Test, versus Pakistan, was the perfect farewell for him. He will now take up a new role, that of overseeing leadership development and as a batting coach in the Irish performance system.

Joyce stated: “I feel now is the right time to stop playing and get started on a new chapter. The recent Test match against Pakistan was such an incredible few days and was the perfect game for me to say was my last in professional cricket. I am very grateful to Cricket Ireland for giving me the opportunity to get involved in the coaching set-up. I know I have a huge amount to learn about the art of coaching, but I know I also have a huge amount of knowledge that I’m determined to pass on to the next generation of Irish talent.”

Did You Know?

Joyce is one of the ten cricketers who have represented two countries in ODIs and the first to play T20Is for two nations. He ended a glittering career as Ireland’s fifth-highest ODI run-getter (2,151 from 61 games at 41.36).

Joyce also represented England in 17 ODIs in 2006 and 2007, scoring 471 runs at a mediocre 27.70 before returning to Ireland. He also represented England in 2 T20Is, against Sri Lanka and Australia respectively. He played for both England against Ireland and Ireland against England.

Joyce has enjoyed enormous success in English County. He has been a prolific run-scorer in First-Class cricket ending with 18,461 runs (255 matches) at 47.95, including 47 centuries. The clubs he has represented are: Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), Middlesex and Sussex in the County.